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Volume 2 • Issue 4

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6000+ Women and Men Attend SJ Watermark Conference

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Travel Highlights From Our Neighbor Carol Goedde

Esther Ayorinde, Growth Strategy Leader for CISCO Africa

6000+ women and men made their way to the San Jose Convention Center to attend this year’s WATERMARK CONFERENCE. Tickets to attend the conference SOLD OUT immediately at the time they were made available. So organizers offered

a Livestream for the first time ever to accommodate such overwhelming interest in hearing what Megan Rapinoe, U.S. Women’s Soccer Star, Indra Nooyi, Former PepsiCo CEO and Marketing pioneer and best-selling author Seth Godin had to say about

the current state of women in the workplace and how this affects society, as a whole. This event is estimated to be “the largest gathering of women on the West Coast.”

Colombia Rotary welcomes Carol

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Go to for more information, events, and to purchase Tickets. An Evening with Common

with Professor of Education, Adam Banks

Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm Memorial Auditorium

Dreamers Circus Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm Mar 12 @ 9:00 pm Bing Studio

Sounds of Cuba: Bobi CĂŠspedes Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm Mar 21 @ 9:00 pm Bing Studio

Dorrance Dance SOUNDspace

Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm Bing Concert Hall

Colin Quinn: The Wrong Side of History Mar 13 & 14 @ 7:00 pm Mar 13 & 14 @ 9:00 pm Bing Studio

Fly Higher

Charlie Parker @ 100

Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm Bing Concert Hall

I’m running for State Senate as an independent State Senate Candidate because I want to serve you – the people. Johnny Khamis

My priorities for District 15 are: Accountability for Our Tax Dollars Californians are overtaxed, yet we can see in too many areas, such as fighting homelessness, that we still don’t get value for the tax dollars we are already spending.

Address Housing Costs California’s housing prices are pushing the American Dream further out of reach. I will work to address the causes of these inflated housing costs and work with members of both parties to pass legislation to make the dream of affordable, attainable housing for Californians a reality.

Protect Public Safety As your State Senator, I will support public safety protections and close the loopholes that release violent criminals that voters never intended for early parole.

Fight climate change Climate change is real and our generation’s solemn responsibility to address. California should lead the way.

Putting People Over Political Parties. Text KHAMIS to 66866


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Cool Beats

SJ Winter Jazz Fest SJ WINTER JAZZ FEST hits the right notes with their line-up this year. Love Jazz? Visit for more local events!

All Star Celebration of Ray Charles led by Clint Holmes, Nnenna Freelon and Vocal Group Take Six joined by Saxophonist Kirk Whalum

San Jose State Jazz Orchestra

A Packed House at the Hammer Theater


LeAnn Rimes

Performing All the Hits and Favorites Up Close and Acoustic!

Friday, March 13 at 8:00pm LeAnn Rimes is an internationally multiplatinum-selling acclaimed singer and ASCAP award-winning songwriter. The two-time Grammy award winner recently unveiled her first-ever LIVE recording as an exclusive vinyl release in honor of Record Store Day titled “Rimes: Live at Gruene Hall” where Rimes celebrated music of all genres.

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Aaron Abernathy at Cafe Stritch

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announces that the first confirmed case of novel coronavirus in Santa Clara County has fully recovered and has been released from isolation. He was never sick enough to be hospitalized. He isolated at home and was monitored by public health staff for the duration of his isolation. The Public Health Department continues to work closely with healthcare providers, hospitals, and its partners to address novel coronavirus. Currently, there is no evidence that novel coronavirus is circulating in Santa Clara County and risk remains low.

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Travel Highlights From Our Neighbor Carol Goedde

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Global Travel

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Medellin great city transportation, and graffiti artists in Community 13, worst neighborhood in the 70’s and 80’s

Rotary President in Medellin greets Carol Goedde and Jaime Angulo

Juan Carlos Calderon who hosted me in Cali for the 5th Annual Rotary Project Fair in Cali, Colombia. 70 projects were shared with 160 Rotarians from the US., Canada and Colombia, South America. Hopefully each Rotary will connect with one or more of the projects with monetary support.

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In Community

6000+ Women and Men Attend SJ Watermark Conference [Continued From Page 1] strategies for real-world workplace issues related to diversity, inclusion, And the opportunity to have direct access to such and culture. They were Seth Godin, Ashton a wealth of executives Applewhite, anti-ageism and changemakers in one activist and author, location -- is a powerful and Verna Myers, vice draw. president of inclusion For the second year strategy at Netflix, WATERMARK offered a cultural innovator, a Workplace Summit, thought leader and social where keynotes detailed

Pat Mitchell with Indra Nooyi

commentator. A small list of Breakout sessions that proved to be very popular with attendees: • Becoming a Boss • Personal Branding for Your Career Lifestyle • A Seat at the Table • Effective Allies • The Myth of the Nice Girl Watermark is the leading community of top women executives, emerging executives and entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area whose mission is to increase the number of women in leadership positions. Watermark connects, develops and advocates for the advancement of women in the workplace by offering leadership development programs and networking

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Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters is Modernizing Voting

Starting with the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election: • Every registered voter will receive a Vote By Mail ballot starting 29 days before Election Day • Voters can vote at any of the Vote Centers in Santa Clara County • Approximately 22 Vote Centers will open for 11 days including Election Day and approximately 88 Vote Centers will be open for 4 days including Election Day for a total of 110 Vote Centers throughout the County on Election Day • Vote Centers will offer more space, additional services and new

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In Community

San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 2020 Friday, February 14 - Saturday, February 29 The Hammer Theatre Center's Sobrato Auditorium and Hammer 4, Oshman Family JCC, Cafe Stritch, The Continental, Art Boutiki, Poor House Bistro


$15 (Advance)/$25 (Door) - $35 (Advance)/$40 (Door)

For more info and to purchase tickets, go to:

National Headliners:

Megan Rapinoe with Pat Mitchell, co-founder of TEDWomen and author, Becoming A Dangerous Women

network of women’s conferences in the United States. Its annual conferences (held in Austin, Boston, Philadelphia and Silicon Valley) attract more than 50,000 people a year to advance equality for women in the workplace and beyond. Thousands more tune in from across the world via Livestream. Each year, the conferences

and related events attract from some of the world’s most trailblazing women: from Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize and Academy Awardwinners to international sports stars and CEOs. The network provides year-round support to its longstanding community of professionals through articles featuring insights from leading

speakers; a podcast, Women Amplified; and social offerings. The network is comprised of four nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations: Massachusetts Conference for Women, Pennsylvania Conference for Women, Texas Conference for Women, and Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley.

Miguel Zenón Quartet: "Sonero" Quincy Jones Presents Sheléa, with SJSU Jazz Orchestra Georgia on My Mind: The Music of Ray Charles International Guitar Night featuring Mike Dawes, Cenk Erdogan, Olli Soikkeli & Jim Kimo Wes Stacey Kent Halie Loren Aaron Abernathy Matt Wilson's "Honey and Salt" Quintet Shayna Steele The Revelers Black String Los Hermanos Arango SJZ Collective Plays Weather Report ("World Premiere") Yuko Mabuchi Trio "Next Gen" Bay Area Student Ensembles: San Jose Jazz U19s Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band Prospect High School

"Winter Fest has turned into an opportunity to reprise the summer's most exciting acts, while reaching out to new audiences with a jazz-and-beyond sensibility." -KQED Arts

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February 25, 2020

Sweet Serenade

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What a Wonderful Night of Music with San Jose State University Jazz Orchestra performing with the Incomparable Shelea.

3/7/20 Gilroy: State of the City (During Conversation & Coffee) 3/14/20 Los Gatos: Police Officers Ball 3/18/20 Campbell: A Breakfast to Benefit Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley 3/20/20 Morgan Hill: Community Solutions’ 17th Annual Helping Hands & Healing Hearts Awards 3/29/20 Morgan Hill: 37th Annual AAUW Wildflower Run 3/31/20 Santa Clara: 2020 Project Cornerstone Asset Champions Awards Breakfast

Massimo Chisessi, Marketing Director of SJ Jazz expresses his welcome and appreciation to Shelea

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February 25, 2020

Business News

Earnin Named a BBB Accredited Business Better Business Bureau of Silicon Valley today announced that Earnin has become an Accredited Business. Earnin is a Palo Altobased startup whose core product, Cash Out, gives people faster access to wages they’ve already earned so they don’t have to wait for payday. “The team at Earnin has gone above and beyond to demonstrate the company’s commitment to trust,” said Steve McFarland, President & CEO of BBB of Los Angeles & Silicon Valley. “That means fulfilling its promises and building innovative financial products that promote transparency and create

fairness.” An accredited business meets BBB’s standards and commits to making a good faith effort to resolve all consumer complaints. Accredited businesses display the BBB seal, which helps them stand out in the marketplace and signals to consumers that they are reputable. “We are fighting to help consumers break free of financial cycles that can threaten their livelihoods, and integrity guides our every decision and action,” said Ram Palaniappan, CEO and Founder of Earnin. “We share the BBB’s mission of bettering ourselves, our community and all of humanity and we will

work hard to uphold our Accreditation status and high rating for customer satisfaction.” Learn more about BBB Accreditation Standards at https://www.

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Earnin is building innovative solutions to some of the toughest financial problems facing people today. The company’s communitysupported financial platform provides a suite of products that give people the tools to take control of their financial future. Earnin’s core product, Cash Out, reframes the conversation around earnings and pay periods, giving people near-instant

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access to wages they’ve already earned - shifting control away from companies and financial institutions and putting it back in the hands of people who work for a living. Earnin is also rethinking traditional business models, creating a system where people pay what they choose even if that is zero. Earnin’s other products include: Balance Shield which helps prevent overdrafts, a financial calendar that helps people budget and schedule payments, and Health Aid, a service that negotiates unpaid medical bills without charging mandatory fees. Current funding partners include: Andreessen Horowitz, Matrix Partners, Ribbit Capital, Felicis Ventures and March Capital. To learn about Earnin

and how the company is building a financial system that works for people, please visit www.

About BBB

For 107 years, the nonprofit Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2018, people turned to BBB more than 173 million times for BBB Business Profiles on nearly 5.4 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at There are 100 local independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB of Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.

Census Jobs! Get hired and help!

The Census Bureau will be recruiting to hire up to 2500 enumerators/ census takers in Santa Clara County the first quarter of 2020. $30 per hour! Flexible Hours! Evenings and Weekends! Work with Your schedule! Anyone interested can apply online here to be considered: Interviews have begun so don’t wait!

February 25, 2020

District 10 News

Levine Calls for Full Funding of K-12 Education by Eliminating Average Daily Attendance Furthering his commitment to fully fund K-12 education in California, Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) today introduced legislation to eliminate the state’s decades old average daily attendance (ADA) funding formula and replace it with funding based upon student enrollment. AB 2646, would end an outdated funding formula that has diverted billions of dollars away from K-12 classrooms and forced school

districts to spend limited resources reporting attendance, rather than increasing enrichment in the classroom. Levine’s measure would provide critical stable school funding that reflects the true and fixed costs of K-12 education including teacher and classified employee salaries and benefits, facility maintenance, textbooks and evolving technology needs in the classroom. Education leadership in Levine’s North Bay district praised the proposal.

“Providing quality instruction to Marin County’s 40,000 students takes more than the dedication of our teachers, staff and parents – it takes resources,” said Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools. “I am proud to support Assemblymember Levine’s AB 2646 and thank him for his leadership to make increased education funding a priority.” During the 2009-2010 school year, traditional public schools in San Diego County alone lost at

least $102 million in state funding because of student absences. Between 2005 and 2010, that figure totaled $624 million. Statewide, this figure grows to billions of dollars that never made it to the classroom. “It is time to fully invest in California’s K-12 education system and end the punitive practice of tying school funding to student attendance,” said Assemblymember Levine. “California’s current ADA funding system harms school districts throughout the state – especially in urban and rural communities. While we should continue our work to reduce and address the root causes of truancy, we must stop penalizing teachers and students by withholding school funding based upon attendance. Our students deserve every

resource available to them to ensure their success in the classroom and in the global economy. AB 2646 will affirm our commitment to fully fund K-12 education and give schools the funding they need for students to be successful.” AB 2646 will be considered by the State Assembly this spring. Assemblymember Marc Levine represents California’s 10th Assembly District, which includes Marin and Sonoma Counties. Connect with Assemblymember Levine on social media: @AsmMarcLevine.

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February 25, 2020

The San José Fair Elections Initiative signatures are in!

100,000 San José voters agree: our democracy works best when it reflects all our voices, no matter what we look like or what’s in our wallets. Last Wednesday, our coalition of community, labor, and civil rights organizations delivered close to 100,000

signatures — from nearly 1 in 10 San Joséans — to put the San José Fair Elections Initiative on the November 2020 ballot. Our workingclass champion, City Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco, spoke in support of the measure: “I am elated that

the campaign has been able to collect over 100,000 signatures to put this item on the ballot. We submitted a memo in 2019 alongside Councilmembers Jimenez, and Esparza calling for a ballot measure to amend the city charter. While the Council refused to put this issue on the ballot, the people have been successful.” The Fair Elections Initiative will enact common sense reforms to get corrupting money out of our elections, and bring more people in to make their voices heard. It will: • Kick “pay to play” politics out of City Hall by banning corrupting campaign contributions from big developers, landlords, corporations that want city contracts, and their lobbyists. • Move the mayoral election to presidential years, when more people

San Jose Strong — especially young voters, women, and people of color — cast a ballot. This is an unprecedented achievement. Moving the mayoral election means changing the city charter, which requires far more signatures than a typical ballot measure. Once the County Registrar of Voters validate our signatures, this will be the first citizen-gathered initiative to change the city charter in recent San José history. With deep gratitude, we thank our endorsers, supporters, and mighty groups of volunteers including the Fair Elections Initiative Partner Roundtable and the Member to Member program. You did this by knocking on doors, tabling at marches and

farmers’ markets, and speaking with your coworkers, friends, family, and neighbors. Want to help us spread the word? Follow the Fair Elections Initiative campaign on Facebook and Twitter @SJFairElections. Paid for by San Jose Residents for Fair Elections, Yes on _, sponsored by civil rights and labor organizations, FPPC ID #1420137. Committee major funding from: • Plumbers, Steamfitters & Refrigeration Fitters UA Local 393 • IBEW 332 Issues Account • South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council http://

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Power Talk

The Path to Equality, Empowerment & Enlightenment - Women’s Luncheon Women flocked to the Siliicon Valley Capital Club on Thursday, February 20 to celebrate Black History Month with celebrated AfricanAmerican speakers as

a part of the Women’s Luncheon Series. Entitled “A Path to Equality, Empowerment & Enlightenment”, this event featured a healthy buffet, mimosas, connections,

Former SJ Mayor, Ron Gonzales

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and three key speakers: Christal M. Jackson, Consultant at Credit Suisse, Founder of Mosaic Genius; Lybra Clemons, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at PayPal; and Adimika Arthur, Executive Director, HealthTech for Medicaid (HT4M). Christal M. Jackson is founder of Mosaic Genius, parent company of Head and Heart Philanthropy, an agency focused on building a sustainable ecosystem for wealth building in communities of color around the world by connecting and supporting emerging and established venture capitalists,

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increasing the number of diverse entrepreneurs who are building wealth, and creating a more sustainable impact economy for all. Lybra Clemons is a firm believer that companies need a diverse and inclusive workplace to succeed in a highly competitive and global business environment. It is not enough to hire people with different backgrounds and diverse points-of-view but also be committed to integrating and ensuring that these varied professional skills and viewpoints are used

effectively. As an Advocate for those in our society at risk of limited or no access to quality Health care, Adimika Arthur is guided by her long career in the public health arena. She actively tackles the impact of inequity; result of being disenfranchised; and the truth of what it means to have few reallife options. The panel posed questions and welcomed conversation on collaboration by women in the workplace as an imperative to create the foundation of a dynamic

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society -- for all. Each of the panel reflected on their personal journey as a woman of color and how that experience [personal/ professional] can explain opportunity but not full access. Are executive level women responsible for reaching out to up and comers, thus creating a supportive ecosystem in the workplace? Climate change has a different meaning in corporate culture when the term applies to open-minded white women and women of color who agree not to work from a “scarcity agenda” as a fact of life.

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Power Talk

Doris Pickering introduces Sheri MacDonald

The force of nature that is Sheri MacDonald was the driving force behind bringing this discussion to the Silicon Valley Capital

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